Indie Comics Review: Firefly #28

by Tony Farina
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Boom! Studios Review: Firefly #28

Firefly #28[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Publisher: BOOM! Studios

WriterGreg Pak

Artist: Simona Di Gianfelice

Colorist: Francesco Segala

Letterer: Jim Campbell

Reviewer: Tony Farina


The crew of Serenity need to go where the Alliance can’t reach them.
And that one place may be The-Earth-That-Was, a strange world filled with ancient artifacts, a new civilization and…maybe some semblance of hope.
Well, if Captain Kaylee and Captain Mal can somehow get along…

Firefly #28


Firefly #28 has mixed up the art team once again, but that is not a problem at all. Each time a new (or in this case returning) team comes back, they bring something special. Di Gianfelice and Segala are a perfect combo. Expressive, but brooding. Dark, but not hard to see. Just detailed enough for us to know what is going on without it trying to be photo realistic. When creating comics from existing IP, it is hard to make the characters totally your own, but they manage to make them identifiable, but unique. It is a fine line and they walk it well.

Firefly #28

So, Greg Pak knows dialogue. I have been saying that for years now. Check this. Inara says of she and Mal’s past relationship, “Mal and I always acted like it was a very big deal when it actually turned out not to be.” Damn. That is just perfect. Tension. Drama. Reality. Perfection. Pak knows these characters and has managed to keep them just who want them to be while letting them change as their stories progress. Bravo sir.


This issue spends a little too much time on the Leonard thing. I will be honest, I don’t like him. I didn’t like him before and I don’t like him now. Were you hoping when the two timelines merged, he would be left out? I know I was. What does he really bring to the table? There is already enough tension with Kaylee and Simon. Let’s just leave it well enough alone shall we?


Firefly #28 has the best last panel in the whole gorram series. Wow. OK. I will admit to being giddy about what comes next. I don’t think I have felt that way about this series since it first began. The band is together (almost) and Kaylee is in charge (almost) and well, things have really gone sideways. I am all in. Things are looking shiny.


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